US hikers freed: Timeline of key events
July 31, 2009 – Hikers arrested
Sarah Shourd, Josh Fattal, and Shane Bauer are arrested along the Iran-Iraq border. Iran accuses them of entering Iranian territory and of being spies. The three say that they were merely on a recreational hike in Iraqi Kurdistan and that if they really did enter Iranian territory, they did so unintentionally. The border there can be difficult to discern.